Having covered the Montreal entertainment scene for around a decade now I have come to realize that this is a city with back-to-back festivals. Film festivals abound here. In that kind of environment it is stunning to me that this might the last year for one called the Montreal World Film Festival.
For several years now festival founder Serge Losique has come into conflict with different people. Some say it is because of his lack of transparency and stubborn ways. Whatever the reason is seems like he has gone too far this year as the City of Montreal, SODEC and Telefilm have withdrawn their money to fund the event to the tune of almost $700,000 and Regroupement des distributeurs indépendants de films du Québec will not be sending any films. Big hits. So it seems like the festival which has been running since 1977 is in serious trouble.
This year will go on like usual (sorta) with films from 74 different countries totaling 350 feature and short films of which 51 are first films. The festival is divided up into several different parts:
World Competition (features and shorts)
First Films World Competition (features)
Out of Competition (features)
Focus on World Cinema (features and shorts)
Documentaries of the World (features, medium-length films, shorts)
Student Film Festival – National selection (short films)
Student Film Festival – International selection (short films)
There will also be a focus on the films of China and 38 films from Latin America for the 38th edition of the festival. Cinema Under the Stars will happen again. It will allow cinephiles the opportunity to see films for twelve nights under the stars on the esplanade of Place des Arts for free.
The 38th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival is being dedicated to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
-Dates : August 21 – September 1, 2014
-Venues: IMPÉRIAL THEATRE, 1430, de Bleury St. (Metro Place des Arts)
-Website : www.ffm-montreal.org
Sandra & Leo Kolber Pavilion, Salle Lucie et André Chagnon
QUARTIER LATIN CINEMA (9 theatres, 350 Emery St. (metro Berri-UQAM)
-Ticket Prices: Individual Tickets: $10.00
10 coupons are available for $70 representing a saving of 30% on individual tickets. (The coupons can be exchanged for tickets for specified showings beginning Saturday August 16 at the box offices of the Quartier Latin Cinema, the Imperial Cinema and the Place des Arts.)
“Cinephile passes” are on sale for $250 each.
“Passports” are on sale for $100 each.